Four Feared Dead as Fire Explosion Rocks Apapa Jetty

Sandra Ukele

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has assured motorists and other consumers of petroleum products nationwide that the fire incident which occurred at Apapa loading jetty at the early hours of today will not affect supply of petroleum products.

NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who spoke on the incident affirmed that NNPC has more than 1.6billion litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, enough to last for 48 days.

The GMD therefore adjoined motorists not to engage in panic buying.

The fire incident which started at 3a.m today is believed to have been caused by hoodlums who scooped PMS from a vessel identified as Histria Ivory while she was discharging.

A top official of one of the oil marketing companies in Apapa told newsmen the fire lasted for about one hour.
He said, “The fire incident started around 3am at the Petroleum Terminal at Apapa Wharf,  which is one of the three jetties in the area. The people who were scooping fuel were trying to open one of the manifolds through which the depots receive fuel from vessels when the fire occurred. Four people died in the process.”

The Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe, who confirmed the explosion, said he could not tell if there was any casualty.
He said, “A vessel was discharging fuel and the manifold caught fire, which led to an explosion. The jetty in-house fire unit responded first, before calls were made to other fire agencies. We all battled the fire and put it out.”

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, men of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service, Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Navy were said to have been called when the jetty’s in-house fire unit could not handle the inferno. 


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